Narrow squeak! Piglets have a lucky escape when leopard springs out of long grass to ambush warthog family in dramatic footage
- Sighting of leopard caught in Kruger National Park, South Africa
- The animal laid in wait in the grass and then leapt out at the warthogs
- The warthogs scatter when they see the leopard, having a narrow escape
- Jan-Louis Human and Moosa Varachia called the sighting ‘special’
A family of warthogs had a lucky escape when they were ambushed by a hungry leopard that had been hiding in long grass watching them.
Mechnical engineer Jan-Louis Human, 36 and wildlife photographic guide Moosa Varachia, 30, filmed the family of warthogs trotting within a few yards of the perfectly camouflaged big cat in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Their dramatic footage captures the moment the leopard sprang out of its hiding place and tried to snatch a warthog piglet for its dinner.
Mechnical engineer Jan-Louis Human, 36 and wildlife photographic guide Moosa Varachia, 30, caught the sighting while on a game drive near Berg-en-Dal in the Kruger National Park
The animals scattered down the track and somehow all of them escape the claws of the big cat.
Mr Varachia and Mr Human said they were first alerted that there was leopard nearby by a squirrel giving an alarm call.
In the footage, a leopard lies in wait in the trees, watching the warthog family menacingly.
Deftly stalking through the grass, she hides, camouflaged, waiting to pounce on her prey.
The warthogs unknowingly then turn around and start to walk in the direction of where she is hiding.
Then, she gets ready for action and springs towards one of the piglets.
The family scattered in different directions, sensing danger and that the leopard was ready to kill.
The leopard gets ready for action and springs towards one of the piglets
She chased them down the road but then gave up and started to turn back.
The leopard then walked back in the direction of Mr Varachia and Mr Human.
Moosa has been fortunate enough to have seen many hunts and failed hunts but this happening on the road right in front of him made it all the more special. For Jan-Louis he was very excited as it was a first. ‘Sightings like this are what makes it all worth it!’
She chased them down the road but then gave up and started to turn back